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Ricky Flores was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents in 1961. His father, Pastor Flores, a merchant seaman, and his mother, Ana Luisa Flores, a garment worker, lived in the Tremont section of the Bronx during the early 60’s. Flores’ father died in 1965 from bronchial asthma and his mother moved the family to Longwood section of the Bronx, where he was raised.

Flores started documenting life in the South Bronx after he purchased a camera with a small inheritance he received from his father in 1980. It started a journey of self-discovery born out of photographing the lives of his friends and family during one of the most turbulent times in the history of Bronx and New York City.

Over the years Flores free-lanced for The Daily News, The New York Times, The City Sun and The Village Voice. Flores was recognized for his coverage of the attacks on World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and is a two time winner of the New York Press Publishers Association for Spot News. He has a permanent installation at I.S. 206 in the Tremont section of the Bronx commissioned by the School Construction Authority, New York City Board of Education and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  

Partial list of publications, museums and exhibitions below

Book list – partial

Hip-Hop a cultural odyssey -Jordan Sommers

Contact High – Vikki Tobak

Boom box Project – Lyle Owerko

September 11 – The Journal News

September 11, 2001 –  Poynter Institute

Urban Mythologies – Bronx Museum of the Arts


National Museum of African American History & Culture

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center – Take a Stand Center – 2016

The Indianapolis Museum of Art – City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s. 2017.

Grammy Museum – Hip Hop Cultural Odyssey 2011

Commissioned Permanent Installation

School Construction Authority / Percent for Arts – License to Dream – 40 West Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY


Annenberg Space for Photography Contact High 2019 – Group Exhibition

Bronx Documentary Center Whose Streets? Our Streets! 2017 – Group Exhibition

New York University – King Juan Carlos Center Seis Del Sur \’bär-ē-ōz\Barrios – Group Exhibition

BronxArtSpace Face From the Block – The Brazilian – Bronx Connection – Group Multimedia Exhibition

Bronx Music Heritage Center Seis Del Sur – Sin Limites 2014 – Group Exhibition

Wall Works – NY Point. Focus. Click. 2014 – Group Exhibition

ArtsWestchester Hurricane Sandy: Through the Lens of Local Photographers 2013 – Group Exhibition

Bronx Documentary Center Seis Del Sur: Dispatches From Home 2013 -Group Exhibitio 

New York Photo Festival 2011 Dia Exhibition at FotoVisura Dumbo


Hip-Hop Evolution – Netflix

Marvel’s Luke Cage – Netflix

Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1

Publications – partial

I-D Vice



Bon Vivant Online

New York Times

New York Times Lens Blog

Village Voice

The New York Daily News

The Conversation

The Fader

Daze Digital

USA Today

The Journal News

Arts in America

Popular Photography

The Atlantic

New York Magazine

Fox News

The Guardian

International Business Times



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